'JISEI (jisei no ku) means 'death poem' in traditonal Japanese culture. before dying a cultivated person used to write a short poem (often a haiku) revealing the most intimate feelings and thoughts at the moment. I tried to interprete some classical Japanese death poems (one by the famous haiku poet Basho, one from the famous painter Hokusai) in form of abstract ambient soundscapes - and to visualize them as generative abstract images. amongst the 12 tracks of 'Jisei' there also 2 'tamuke' pieces - tamuke being originally shakuhachi pieces played at the funeral of a person 'to make the passage to the otherworld safe'. inspired by this I tried to interpret the mood and meaning by cello/ambient improvisations - dedicating one tamuke to Richard Lainhart, for me one of the most influential electronic composers and musicians, who died at the end of last year.'-- Fabio Keiner, 2012
Some links: my generative abstracts at artdoxa
And for some poems in Japanese and English: 'Japanese Death Poetry'
For Richard Lainhart
October 9, 2012
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